Sat May 13, 2023 Boise, ID 83706 US
Events

Marathon

$85 7:00AM MDT - 3:00PM MDT Registration Opens January 1, 2023 at 8:00am MST
Open to ages 16+.

Half Marathon

$65 7:00AM MDT - 3:00PM MDT Registration Opens January 1, 2023 at 8:00am MST
Open to ages 14+.

5K Spud Run

$35 $35 10:00AM MDT - 3:00PM MDT Registration Opens January 1, 2023 at 8:00am MST

10K

$35 $35 10:00AM MDT - 3:00PM MDT Registration Opens January 1, 2023 at 8:00am MST
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.ymcatvidaho.org/runs/famous-idaho-potato-marathon/.

Description

YMCA Famous Idaho Potato Marathon presented by the Idaho Potato Commission
Saturday, May 13, 2023

We have a distance that will work for everyone! Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. This race showcases the Boise River and all of its beauty. Run on tree-lined shaded paths with the sound of the river encouraging you along. 

Start Times: 
Marathon & Half Marathon: 7:00am 
10K & 5K: 10:00am

Packet Pick Up

Famous Idaho Potato Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up will be held at Albertsons Headquarters (250 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise)
Fri, May 13, 3-7pm

You will receive your bib number, packet, race shirt and have the opportunity to look at course maps and ask any questions you may have. You will have the opportunity to visit with some vendors. 

I want to change my distance?
Before race day – you can change your distance by logging onto RUNSIGNUP.COM. Learn how to change your event/distance here: How to change my distance>>
At Packet Pick Up – please tell the volunteer that you would like to change. We will make a note and get you set up with the new distance. Depending on bib supplies you may still receive your original bib, that will not affect your results.
On Race Day – if you decide to change distances please information a race official at the packet pick up table, we need to make an adjustment in our system to help us manage the course and know where our runners are.

Where do I get my shirt? 
T-shirts are in the tent to north of the Packet Pick Up Tent. Take your bib number over to the t-shirt table, your size is on the back of your bib. You must have a bib number to pick up a shirt.

We ran out of shirts or your size?
Please give us your bib number and the shirt size you would like. We will reorder shirts on Monday after the race. We will notify you through email when the shirts are available. You can pick up your shirt at your local YMCA. If you live out of state we will mail it to you.

Why is my bib a different color?
The bibs are different colors to help race officials know who entering the finish area and for what distance. If you change distances, your bib might change to collate with the new distance. That will not affect your results.
Blue: Half
Greenish: 5K
Orange 10k
RED: Marathon

Where is the timing chip? I don’t need/want to be timed?
Your timing chip is on the back of your bib. Do not bind your bib/timing chip. Everyone is timed. Results will be available after the race for you to check or not. Your bib must be on the front of your body. 

Course Maps & Information

Courses:
Our courses are flat and fast, the marathon is a Boston Qualifier course and is USATF certified. You run along the Boise River and greenbelt, through historical Warm Springs Ave in East Boise.  Water stations are about every two miles along the course. All courses come together at Parkcenter Blvd and run together before breaking into their own courses. 
5K & 10K start and finish at Albertson's Headquarters (250 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise)
Full and Half Marathon start at Lucky Peak State Park Sandy Point (9723 ID-21, Boise, Id 83716) and finishes at Albertson's Headquarters. 

5K Map»
10K Map»
Half Marathon Map»
Full Marathon Map Page>>

Water Stations

Water Stations will be approximately every 2 miles up until mile 20, then the stations will be approximately 1.5 apart. All stations will have water. Stations on the full and half will have Gatorade and water.
Restrooms are located at the start and finish areas, near mile 2.5, 6, 8 10 14, 17, 19.5 21 & 23.

 

Parking and "Potato" Shuttle

Parking at the Finish Line: 

For Half & Full Marathoners – please ark in the East Lot of Albertson’s HQ You can grab the shuttle to the start line from there. 
For 5K & 10K Runners –please park in the West Lot of Albertson’s HQ lot.
All distances finish in this area so you will be close to your car. 

“Potato” Shuttle for Full and Half Marathoners:

Park near the finish line and we’ll take you to the start of the race! Buses will pick-up at the Finish line, Albertsons HQ on Parkcenter Blvd.  Parking is limited at the starting line for the full and half marathon. Be aware the road into the full and half Marathon closes starting 6:45am to all traffic other an buses. Also remember no dogs or strollers on the buses Please be respectful of our bus drivers and other participants.                           

"Potato" Shuttle Pick Up Times

5:00am-6:30am (Buses do fill up so  so don’t wait for the last bus)
Catch the shuttle at Albertsons Headquarters at 250 E Parkcenter Blvd. Boise.
*No Transportation will be available back to the start area at Lucky Peak.

Gear Check - Sponsored by George's Cycles

Full & Half  Runners:
Warm-up clothes will be transported from the Full & Half starting line back to the finish at Albertsons Headquarters. Please have your belongings inside a duffel or bag well marked with your race number. Please do not leave valuables inside your bag. Belongings can be picked-up at the finish line area. All warm-up clothes will be for the marathon & Half will be available by approximately 8:30am 

5K/10K Runners:
It might be chilly while you wait to start your race. You can check your warm-up clothes too. Please have your belongings inside a bag and marked with your race number. Please do not leave valuables inside your bag. 

Be prepared - have a bag and your number on it when you arrive at the race. There will be bags and markers available at the Gear Check Area. All athletes will be asked to show their bib/race number when picking up gear. The YMCA is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. 

FAQ's

Pre-Race Information – Packet Pick Up Information

I am here for my packet what do I do?
Start at any open computer. All we need is a name to help you get started. You will receive your bib, packet & t-shirt information. Make sure to check out the vendors.

I want to change my distance?
Before race day
– you can change your distance by logging onto RUNSIGNUP.COM. Learn how to change your event/distance here: How to change my distance/event>>
At Packet Pick Up – please tell the volunteer that you would like to change. We will make a note and get you set up with the new distance. Depending on bib supplies you may still receive your original bib, that will not affect your results.
On Race Day – if you decide to change distances please information a race official at the packet pick up table, we need to make an adjustment in our system to help us manage the course and know where our runners are. 

Where do I get my shirt?  
T-shirts are in the tent to north of the Packet Pick Up Tent. Take your bib number over to the t-shirt table, your size is on the back of your bib. You must have a bib number to pick up a shirt. 

We ran out of shirts or your size?
Please give us your bib number and the shirt size you would like. We will reorder shirts on Monday after the race. We will notify you through email when the shirts are available. You can pick up your shirt at your local YMCA. If you live out of state we will mail it to you.

Why is my bib a different color?
The bibs are different colors to help race officials know who entering the finish area and for what distance. If you change distances, your bib might change to collate with the new distance. That will not affect your results.
Here is the breakdown: 
Blue: Half
Greenish: 5K
Orange 10k
RED: Marathon

Where is the timing chip? I don’t need/want to be timed?
Your timing chip is on the back of your bib. Do not bind your bib/timing chip. Everyone is timed. Results will be available after the race for you to check or not. Your bib must be on the front of your body. 

Starting Line & Transportation/Parking Information

What time does the race start and where? What distance?
Marathon & Half Marathon – 7am – Sandy Point State Park (Lucky Peak) Take the shuttle!
Entrance to Sandy Point State Park will be closed to traffic at 6:45am!!
10K & 5K - 10am - Albertson’s Headquarters off of Parkcenter Blvd. 

How do I get to the start for the Half & Full Marathon?
Full and Half Marathon -  Shuttle Buses will pick-up at the finish line at Albertsons HQ on Parkcenter Blvd. in front of the corporate building.

Shuttle Pick Up times:
Marathon & Half Marathon: 5:15am – 6:30am (last bus leaves 6:30am)
There is no transportation back to the starting line from the finish.

Where do we finish?
All race distances finish at Albertsons HQ on Parkcenter Blvd in the West parking Lot.

Where can we park?  
At Albertson’s Corporate Office at 250 E Parkcenter Blvd. Boise
For Half & Full Marathoners – please ark in the East Lot of Albertson’s HQ You can grab the shuttle to the start line from there. 
For 5K & 10K Runners –please park in the West Lot of Albertson’s HQ lot.
All distances finish in this area so you will be close to your car. 

What if I park at the Starting line of the half & full marathon?
We do not provide transportation back to the starting line from the finish for the half and full marathon. 

Is there a gear check?  Look for the George’s Cycle Truck!
Half & Full Runners - Yes, we’ll transport your clothes/gear from the start line at Lucky Peak to the finish. Please clearly marked with your name and race # on your bag. We will have supplies if you need a bag, tape or markers. You can always use the Potato Bag for your gear. Gear will be available after 8:30 in the finish area. Look for the George’s Cycle Truck at the starting line!
10K & 5K –Gear check will be available after 9:00am for the 5K/10K.  Please clearly mark your name and bib number on your bag. Supplies will be available after 9am for you to check your gear. 
Do not check anything valuable in the gear check. The YMCA is not responsible for lost, stolen gear or broken gear.

Course & Aid Station Information
Where are the Water/Aid Stations & bathrooms on the course? Water/Aid Stations: These will be located along the full marathon course approximately every two miles through mile 20, and once every mile and half thereafter. Half marathon, 10k, and 5k runners will have aid stations approximately once every two miles. Bathrooms are about every 2 to 3 miles on the course and at the start and finish areas.

Is the course well marked?
Yes, you can pick up a map to review the course. More written instructions are available online under the course info tab. Make sure to follow the course and not the runners in front of you there are 4 courses and lots of people. There are arrows posted along the course, chalk in some spots as well as A-frame signs. Please ask for help at aid stations or other volunteers along the course. It is your responsibility to understand the course. 

I want to change distances mid race?
If you decide to change distances mid race it’s okay. Please tell a volunteer at an aid station, share your bib number and what distance you will finish. Then when you arrive at the finish line please find a race official and tell them which distance you changed too so we can updated our profile in our system. This helps us know who is on the course and when we have all the runners in. 

Are dogs welcome?
Yes, dogs are welcome on the course. They are not encouraged as we have a large crowd for this event. All dogs must be leashed at all times on the course in and in the footprint of the event area. Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle buses.

Where is the timing chip? I don’t need/want to be timed?
Your timing chip is on the back of your bib. Do not bind your bib/timing chip. Everyone is timed. Results will be available after the race for you to check or not. Your bib must be on the front of your body. 

Is there a time limit on the course?
The Full marathon course is open for 8 hours, it will close at 3pm. The 5K & 10K will be closes after 3 hours. 

Finish Line Celebration

Is there food & recovery available? 
All participants will have access to a Idaho Baked Potato Bar at the finish line with all the fix’ns to dress up your potato. There will be GoGo SqueeZ fruit pouches, bagels, and whole fruit available as well. Additional water and Gatorade will be available in the finish area. 

Who gets a medal? 
All finishers get a medal! 5K & 10K get the same medal and the half marathoners and full marathoners get a custom medal with the distance on the neck ribbon. We will have Road Runner Club of America State Championship medals for the Full and Half Marathon male and female finishers. 

Where do I find the results? 
Results will be available in the Finish line celebration area look for the results banner. All results will be posted and available online here: Famous Idaho Potato Results>>

Where do I pick up my award? 
Awards will be available at the Announcer’s tent in the Finish Line celebration area. We start announcing as soon as results are available. We do age groups awards and over all awards. We encourage everyone to stay for the music and more at the finish line celebration. If you leave before you receive your award we will contact you or feel free to email us at racedirector@ymcatvidaho.org We will also have Road Runners Club of America Awards for the Half Marathon. 

Is there a gear check?  Look for the George’s Cycle Truck!
Half & Full Runners
- Yes, we’ll transport your clothes/gear from the start line at Lucky Peak to the finish. Please clearly marked with your name and race # on your bag. We will have supplies if you need a bag, tape or markets. You can always use the Potato Bag for your gear. Gear will be available after 8:30 in the finish area. Look for the George’s Cycle Truck at the starting line! 

10K & 5K –Gear check will be available after 9:00am for the 5K/10K.  Please clearly mark your name and bib number on your bag. Supplies will be available after 9am for you to check your gear.
Do not check anything valuable in the gear check. The YMCA is not responsible for lost, stolen gear or broken gear.

Have other questions? 

If you have other questions or need more information please email us at racedirector@ymcatvidaho.org 

 

Policies

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to the race/event will receive no refund. Cancellations made more than 15 days prior will receive a 50% refund either as a check or a system credit. The system credit may only be applied to another YMCA race/event within the current calendar year. Entries, once purchased, may not be transferred, resold, exchanged, or given to another person. We hope very much that you are able to join us on race day. We value your participation and want to provide you with a memorable and quality race day. Please contact the Race Director at racedirector@ymcatvidaho.org with any questions.

COVID-19 WARNING
COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. There is an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place or place where people are present and there is no guarantee, express or implied, that those attending the festival (or any part of it) will not be exposed to COVID-19.
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, other participants, volunteers and YMCA staff. You must follow all posted instructions while attending YMCA Famous Idaho Potato Marathon and Fun Runs (or any part of the event).
By attending YMCA Events or Races, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Race Contact Info
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Virtual Race

Famous Idaho Potato Marathon & Fun Run Virtual Event Information 

 

Here's how it works for the 

Virtual Marathon Challenge
You have 20 days, May 1-20 to complete 26.2 miles. You can complete it all in one day or do a little each day. Log your time through RunSignUp.
Half marathon and 10K & 5K  —You can complete your run between May 8-15, then submit your result on RunSignUp. 

Virtual Participant Packet Pick Up Options

Packet Pick is on Friday, May 13th from 3-7pm at Albertson’s Corporate Offices at 250 E Parkcenter Blvd. You can pick up your t-shirt, swag bag and medal at this time. If you selected to have your packet shipped, we will be mailing those packets out the week of May 16. Shipping your packet is an additional fee and needs to be selected when registering. 

Submitting Virtual Result

Now that you have completed your run or have started your virtual marathon challenge you enter your time or progress. Use this link to learn how to submit your information. How to Submit Results>>

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